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Suzanne Teacher Headed to Google Academy

Alice Chen, who teaches 8th grade language arts, will attend the professional development seminar that focuses on using technology in the classroom.

Google tm has selected Alice Chen, an 8th grade language arts teacher at Suzanne Middle School, as an attendee at the next Google Teacher Academy, to be held in Mountain View, CA Dec 5-6.

The Google Teacher Academy is a free professional development experience designed to help K-12 educational leaders get the most from innovative technologies. Each Academy is an intensive, two-day event where participants get hands-onexperience with Google's products and technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, and receive resources to share with colleagues. Upon completion, Academy participants become Google Certified Teachers who sharewhat they learn with other K-12 educators in their local regions and beyond.

Chen is the Suzanne’s Teacher of the Year and said she is thrilled to be among those selected.

"Google Certified Teachers are highly respected in the educational technology field.  Many of us have already started collaborating and networking even though the academy is still seven weeks away.  It’s this kind of energy and passion that I’m excited to be a part of.  It’s an honor to join this community of educators who are so dedicated to teaching,” she said.

GoogleCertified Teachers are exceptional K-12 educators with a passion for using innovative tools to improve teaching and learning, as well as creative leaders and ambassadors for change. They are recognized experts and widely admired for their commitment to high expectations for students, life-long learning and collaboration.

The Google Certified Teacher program was launched in 2006 with the first Academy held at Google headquarters in Mountain View. The program has since held several academies across the US, expanding the ranks of Google Certified Teachers. The Google Teacher Academy is produced by Google, in collaboration with CUE an educational non-profit organization.

--Walnut Valley Unified School District

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